Hurricane Lee has rapidly strengthened to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the Caribbean.

Lee is expected to make landfall in the Caribbean on Friday.

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (257 kph) with higher gusts.

Lee is a very dangerous storm and is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and winds to the Caribbean.

The storm surge could be as high as 20 feet (6 meters) in some areas.

Lee is also expected to produce up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, which could cause flooding and mudslides.

The storm is expected to weaken as it moves over land, but it is still expected to be a major hurricane.

Residents in the Caribbean are advised to take precautions and to stay updated on the latest forecasts.

The storm is currently located about 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 18 mph (29 kph).